- Scot. a unit of liquid measure equal to a little less than a U.S. liquid pint.
- a container, usually of pewter, holding this quantity.
Origin of mutchkin
1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) muchekyn < Middle Dutch mudseken, equivalent to mudse (diminutive of mudde ≪ Latin modius measure of grain) + -ken -kin
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Examples from the Web for mutchkin
The patient, of course, was impressed with Mutchkin's acuteness, and so was the apprentice.A Book about Doctors
John Cordy Jeaffreson
Godsake, woman, let me away; there's saxpence t' ye to buy half a mutchkin, instead o' clavering about thae auld-warld stories.'Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
Mutchkin, much′kin, n. a Scottish liquid measure of four gills, or forming one-fourth of a Scottish pint.
"Aggie, fill me a mutchkin when you're at it," said Gourlay to the pretty barmaid with the curly hair.The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
We accepted his apology; and, ordering the landlord to bring in half a mutchkin of whisky, the storm blew by.My Schools and Schoolmasters
- a Scottish unit of liquid measure equal to slightly less than one pint
C15: from Middle Dutch mudseken, from Latin modius measure for grain